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Snapchat nabs $485M just in time for the new year

Snapchat rang in the new year with $485.6 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing published December 31. The funding came from 23 investors, unnamed in the filing but rumored to include Kleiner Perkins and [company]Yahoo[/company]. The startup reportedly turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from [company]Facebook[/company] in 2013. Snapchat lets users send […]


I’m so pleased with all the new friends I’ve found recently, new blogs to follow and new people who have followed and reblogged my posts. To everyone, old and new, I want to wish you all a happy and successful 2015. I look forward to reading your posts and comments and please feel free to repost anything you find interesting as, that way, we can find something new and grow our reading lists as well as share ideas for our mutual growth and entertainment.

5 social trends you can expect to see in 2015


As we lay 2014 to rest, we’re topping our hats to some of the social media crazes that came along with it. Messaging. Anonymity. Ephemerality. Yo (whatever that was). At the same time, we’re stepping into a whole new year, which means a brand new bunch of communication trends. Here’s some of the trends, rising stars, and falling figures you can expect to see:

1) Chat as a platform

Some of the biggest social networking companies are turning their messaging applications into portals for other purposes. They’re following in the wake of China’s hugely successful WeChat app, which people use to flag cabs, manage their mortgage, send gifts, purchase goods, and play games.

Western companies are betting that Americans can be convinced to do the same. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said, “We believe that messaging is one of the few things that people actually do more than social networking.” If that level of…

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Just Jot It January – Pingback Post and Rules

What a great idea to start a new year.

Here are the rules for JusJoJan:

1. It’s never too late to join in, since the “Jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to WordPress that day, great! If it waits a week to get from the sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. If you write a JusJoJan post on your blog, you can ping it back here to make sure everyone participating knows where to find it. To ping back, just copy the URL from this post and paste it anywhere in your post. Check back here occasionally to see other bloggers posts – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section.

3. Tag your post JusJoJan.

4. Write anything!* Any length…

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New Year’s Resolutions to Ring in 2015

It is that time of year again.  We start off  the new year singing “Auld Lang Syne.”  One of my all time favorite movies, “When Harry Met Sally” has clever dialogue about the song.  Harry: What does this song mean? My whole life, I don’t know what this song means. I mean, ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot’? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?  Sally: Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway, it’s about old friends.

Making New Year’s Resolutions are also quite popular at the stroke of midnight.  Some will last until the next New Year’s Eve while others don’t make it a day into the new year.  Some…

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2015 is here at last

Whatever you did last night, however you saw in the New Year, I hope you were in the company of friends and/or relatives doing something which brought you joy. Here’s hoping we can enjoy this year. Whatever bad happened in 2014 I hope stays behind. Whatever good happened, or began, in 2014 can continue into 2015 getting better all the time.

JusJoJan… What a great idea to start 2015 with!

Posts don’t have to be long, short is fine. Random thoughts bringing people together in peace to talk and take the time to add to the discussion. Will this make a change? I certainly hope so. I hope that the dialogue highlights our differences without promoting hatred. I believe we can achieve world peace if we celebrate our differences with love. There’s too much hatred in the world today, a lot of it, and it’s unjustified, all of it.
Love can conquer the world and it’s free. Let’s try to make 2015 the year we woke up and gave peace a chance. Imagine there’s no country with nothing to fight or die for. Let’s try and do this 35 years after the murder of our greatest pacifist, John Lennon, in the words of one of his friends, you were the one who had made it so clear all those years ago.

Getting lost

What a lovely man your Dad sounds. Hope you remember the good times spent with him, don’t dwell on the bad. It never gets easier, only the memories can make it easier to bear the pain of losing a wonderful human being.


Somebody told me, today, that I’m the image of my mother; apparently, they think he’ll be out of the cast by March. Don’t judge me! Unless your mother is Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron, it’s not what a woman wants to hear. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that and I have to grudgingly admit that it’s true. I have her blonde hair and her blue eyes; I should give them back really – she’s scaring the kids. We do look alike, though, and I’ve inherited other things from her: a love of reading, a memory that seems hardwired to store poetry, dates, useless facts and phone numbers, a virtual addiction to olives and big feet.

It’s harder to say what I’ve inherited from my dad. Perhaps when all my hair drops out, it’ll be easier to spot any resemblance but, looks-wise, it’s difficult to see any similarities. My…

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Free Will

Thinking outside the box always gives you an interesting point of view.

Source of Inspiration


What are my options?
To choose among that
which I do not want?
Free will is an illusion
when one is systematically
trained to choose
an otherwise
unacceptable choice.

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Epson BT-200 review: augmented reality is getting … somewhere


A small robot floated in my vision and asked a simple question: Where would I like to go?

His name was Sparky, and he was developed especially for the Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality glasses I was wearing by a team of students at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He quickly provided me details about a coffee shop down the block. If I’d stood up, he could have led me all the way there with turn-by-turn directions.

It’s a futuristic version of augmented reality, one where your headset interacts with the real world as it changes around you and (supposedly) improves your productivity and well-being through information and companionship. Researchers are certainly working toward that goal. But, for today, we have the BT-200s.

They are are the subtlest, most polished AR option yet, but they still look straight out of a bad 1980s movie. If you think Google Glass makes people look…

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